Arsenal powered 5 factors clear on the high of the Premier League with a trendy 3-0 win at Fulham, whereas Casemiro was controversially despatched off as Manchester United have been held to a 0-0 draw by Southampton on Sunday.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal aspect had seen second-placed Manchester City shut the hole with victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday. The Gunners responded with the form of composed show that has been the hallmark of their sudden title cost.
First-half objectives from Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard — all arrange by Leandro Trossard — put Arsenal on the right track for a fifth consecutive league win. In truth, no participant had ever delivered a trio of assists within the first half of a Premier League recreation away from dwelling.
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With 11 league video games left, the north Londoners have the title of their sights. Since being knocked out of pole place after a defeat in opposition to City, which got here throughout a run of 4 video games with out a win, Arsenal have proven the mettle of potential champions with a powerful response to that wobble.
It was Arsenal’s eleventh victory from 14 away league matches this season, underlining the sturdiness and maturity that has them in place to win the title for the primary time since Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ in 2004.
“We scored stunning objectives. I’m actually completely happy to win away from dwelling, particularly with a clear sheet,” Arteta stated.
“It’s nice to see the objectives distributed via the staff. Leandro laid on three assists and will even have scored too.”
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Arsenal’s Belgian midfielder Leandro Trossard (L) picked up three assists in a surprising first half.Source: AFP
There was extra excellent news for Arsenal within the final 14 minutes as Brazil ahead Gabriel Jesus made his first look since injuring his knee eventually yr’s World Cup.
With Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger watching from the stands, the Gunners ensured their superstar fan received satisfaction from his journey to Craven Cottage.
Gabriel put Arsenal forward after 21 minutes because the Brazilian centre-back rose above three Fulham defenders to satisfy Trossard’s nook with a robust close-range header.
Arsenal struck once more with one other aerial raid within the Twenty sixth minute. Trossard was the supplier as soon as extra, teasing his means down the left flank earlier than lofting a cross in the direction of Martinelli, who simply outjumped Antonee Robinson to go dwelling from shut vary.
Odegaard put the consequence past doubt within the last seconds of the primary half as Arsenal benefited from extra abject Fulham defending.
Producing his third help of the afternoon, Trossard’s cross reached Odegaard within the Fulham space and the midfielder, granted far an excessive amount of house, managed on his thigh and set himself for a fierce strike that fizzed previous Bernd Leno.
Casemiro of Manchester United seems dejected as he leaves the pitch after being proven a pink card throughout the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton FC at Old Trafford on March 12, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
TEN HAG RAGES AT REFS AFTER CASEMIRO WOE
At Old Trafford, Casemiro’s dismissal pressured third-placed United to accept a colorless stalemate in opposition to backside of the desk Southampton.
United are unbeaten of their final 22 dwelling video games, however this was a limp efficiency of their first league match since final weekend’s humiliating 7-0 defeat at bitter rivals Liverpool.
The Brazil midfielder’s preliminary reserving for a excessive problem on Carlos Alcaraz within the thirty fourth minute was modified to a pink card following a VAR examine.
It was the previous Real Madrid star’s second sending off in eight appearances following his pink card in opposition to Crystal Palace, leaving him going through a four-match suspension. He was clearly distraught and combating tears as he trudged from the pitch.
“Casemiro performed over 500 video games in Europe and by no means as soon as received a pink card. Now he has two within the Premier League,” United supervisor Erik ten Hag stated.
“His absence just isn’t the problem. We will cope with that. This recreation was influenced by the referee.”
He added: “He performs robust however he performs honest, additionally on this he’s taking part in honest. Same as in opposition to Crystal Palace, so it is vitally debatable.”
Ten Hag was additionally livid over United’s denied penalty appeals.
“Well, what I believe is the inconsistency (means) gamers don’t know any extra what’s the coverage,” Ten Hag stated.
“I believe it’s all throughout. I imply, you see yesterday, Leicester-Chelsea, then VAR just isn’t approaching the road.
“Today it’s approaching the road after which it’s two penalty conditions, however they don’t come on the road.
“I believe particularly the primary one was for me clear and apparent handball, so what’s the coverage?”
Manchester United’s Dutch supervisor Erik ten Hag was livid on the referees.Source: AFP
ALMIRON’S 11TH SENDS NEWCASTLE INTO FIFTH
Newcastle climbed above Liverpool into fifth place with a 2-1 win in opposition to Wolves at St James’ Park.
Sweden striker Alexander Isak headed Newcastle in entrance from Kieran Trippier’s Twenty sixth-minute free-kick.
Hwang Hee-chan stabbed in Wolves’ Seventieth-minute leveller after a miscued clearance from Trippier, however Miguel Almiron got here off the bench to win it 9 minutes later when his shot deflected in off Max Kilman.
After their first win in six video games in all competitions, Newcastle are 4 factors behind fourth-placed Tottenham with two video games in hand within the race to qualify for the Champions League.
HAMMERS BOOED AT HOME
West Ham have been booed off regardless of shifting out of the relegation zone with a 1-1 draw in opposition to Aston Villa on the London Stadium.
Villa went forward with their first effort heading in the right direction, Ollie Watkins heading in Emiliano Buendia’s cross within the seventeenth minute.
West Ham equalised 9 minutes later when Said Benrahma transformed a penalty awarded for Leon Bailey’s shove on Lucas Paqueta.
It was one other disappointing day for the Hammers.Source: Getty Images
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